Best electric toothbrushes for kids 2024

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Investing in one of the best electric toothbrushes for kids can be a game-changer for reluctant brushers. They're often fun-shaped, colorful and packed with features designed to instil good teeth brushing habits. And while it's never easy to make a toddler brush their teeth regularly, the best electric toothbrushes for kids can make this process less stressful and time-consuming. 

Children's electric toothbrushes are different from the best electric toothbrushes for adults  — they are smaller, softer, and come with a ton of motivational features. They do, however, offer the same benefits, according to the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

"Patients that have tartar buildup may not have the best brushing techniques with a manual brush, so an electric brush can be a useful tool to keep teeth clean," Dr. Alina Lane, DDS, founder of All Smiles NYC, told Live Science.

But which electric toothbrush should you invest in? To help you pick the right model, we've tried and tested some of the bestselling brands of electric toothbrushes for kids. We've looked at price, design, features and battery life, taking note of any pros and cons that you need to know about before making a purchase. Here's our ultimate roundup of the best electric toothbrushes for kids — tried by us, approved by our children.

The best electric toothbrush for kids

oral b kids electric toothbrush

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The best electric toothbrush for most kids

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Rechargeable
Battery life: Up to 5 days
Timer?: Yes
Modes: 2
Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Cost of replacement heads: $15.90 for 4

Reasons to buy

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 Customizable handle stickers 
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 Sensitive mode for younger children
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 Free app encourages good brushing habits  

Reasons to avoid

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Matching replacement heads may be hard to find 
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Brush head may be too large for young children 
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No low battery indicator 

The Oral-B Kids electric toothbrush uses oscillating-rotating movement to clean your kid’s teeth, and it’s suitable for children as young as three years old. Our buying guide plumped for the Frozen II themed toothbrush, but other themes are available including Star Wars, Disney Princesses and Pixar Kids. Prices may vary.

The first thing we noticed with the Oral-B Kids electric toothbrush is that it comes with four toothbrush heads, giving you up to a year of use without having to purchase refills. 

This rechargeable electric toothbrush lasts for up to five days between charges too, so you can take it away on short breaks or sleepovers without having to remember to pack the charger. 

A free Disney Magic Timer app is also available with selected toothbrushes, including the Frozen II model. Simply download the app, scan the toothbrush and your child is all set to brush along with their favorite Disney and Pixar characters. They can unlock and collect stickers for good brushing technique too.

What the users say

The Oral-B Kids electric toothbrush scores an impressive 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 78% of users giving it the full five stars. Positive reviews praise this electric toothbrush for ease of use, good battery life and kid-friendly design, with most users saying their children enjoy using it even without the free app. They also tend to report that their kids’ teeth look much cleaner after use. Negative reviews cite mostly problems with charging and battery. 

A 30-second reminder prompts little ones to switch brushing position, and a 2-minute timer tells them when it’s time to stop brushing. Younger children may prefer to choose the Sensitive mode, while the Daily Clean mode may suit older children better.

However, negative reviews mention problems scanning the toothbrush to match favorite characters in the app, and some parents report a build-up of mold and dirt on the toothbrush where the head connects with the handle. It’s worth pointing out that these negative reviews are few and far between.


Best for monitoring brushing progress

philips sonicare for kids electric toothbrush

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The best for monitoring brushing progress

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Rechargeable
Battery life: Up to 2 weeks
Timer?: Yes
Modes: 2
Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Cost of replacement heads: $19.95 for 2

Reasons to buy

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Customizable, ergonomic design 
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Quad pacing feature for thorough tooth brushing 
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Fun app monitors and rewards child’s progress 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive outlay 
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Replacement brush heads are expensive
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Brush head may be too large for young children   

Suitable for kids aged three and older, the Philips Sonicare for Kids features an interactive app to help make brushing sessions more fun. Simply download the app to a phone or tablet and connect the Bluetooth-enabled handset for personalized brushing tips, coaching and animated rewards that encourage your child to brush hard-to-reach spots. 

The app also features data on your child’s brushing history, so you can double-check they’re staying on track. The brush itself records up to 20 sessions without requiring a sync to the app, so if you haven’t got your phone or tablet to hand, you won’t miss out on a session’s data.

A handy two minute timer encourages your little one to brush for the recommended time. A bonus quad pacing feature prompts them to move the brush around the four quadrants of the mouth, resulting in a thorough clean.

What the users say

The Philips Sonicare for Kids scores a massive 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 79% of users giving it the full five stars. Positive reviews praise this electric toothbrush for helping to improve their child’s brushing technique. However, some buyers complain that the colorful stickers tend to peel off over time, the toothbrush head provided is too big for little mouths, and the lack of a pressure sensor means kids could be inadvertently brushing too hard.

The colorful design of the Philips Sonicare for Kids is also customizable, with 10 stickers provided that wrap around the handset, instantly updating your child’s toothbrush to the design of their choice.

This electric toothbrush comes with 2 power modes - a low mode for younger children and a more powerful mode for older kids. You can also buy smaller toothbrush heads for younger children if the toothbrush head provided is too big for your child.


Best for improving brushing technique

Best electric toothbrushes for kids: Colgate Hum Kids

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3. Colgate Hum Kids

The best for transforming brushing technique

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Battery (2 x AAA included)
Timer?: Yes
Modes: 1
Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Cost of replacement heads: $13.11 for 2

Reasons to buy

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Bright and fun ergonomic design
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Encourages good brushing technique 
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Timer sets recommended 2-minute limit  

Reasons to avoid

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Battery powered rather than electric 
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AR technology can be unreliable
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Replacement heads can be expensive  

Suitable for children aged five and older, the Colgate Hum Kids brings augmented reality (AR) into your bathroom. Using a distinctive and colorful base that features AR dots, this toothbrush will track your child’s brushing technique via a connected app. It connects your little one to a live game on the app, encouraging them to tackle hard-to-reach spots in a fun and interactive way.

The Hum is carefully designed with kids in mind, featuring a slim, ergonomic handle and a small brush head with extra-soft bristles. Parents with more than one child can purchase extra brush heads to swap in.

What the users say

The Colgate Hum Kids scores an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 74% of users giving it the full five stars. Parents praise the toothbrush for transforming tooth brushing, with expert prompts on everything from switching positions to rinsing off the brush after use. However, many parents report struggling with the AR technology that connects to the app, which can sometimes result in inconsolable younger children who want to play the games.

If you’re worried about your phone slipping off the side of the basin, the Colgate Hum Kids also comes with a handy phone stand, so your child can see the game they’re playing while they’re brushing. 

This toothbrush is shipped in sturdy recyclable cardboard packaging, so there’s no plastic waste, and it comes with two batteries provided so you can get started straight away. It’s also available as a manual toothbrush, with the same AR technology. 

  • Full review coming soon. 

Best looking electric toothbrush

foreo issa kids electric toothbrush

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A stylish addition to the bathroom shelf

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Rechargeable
Battery life: 1 hour charge gives 265 uses
Timer?: Yes
Modes: 1
Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Cost of replacement heads: From $16 for 1

Reasons to buy

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Super-stylish silicone design
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Quad pacing reminder
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Long battery life and USB charging   

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than most kids’ brushes 
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Harder to find replacement brush heads
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No connected app  

Foreo is known for its beautifully designed sonic toothbrushes, and the Foreo Issa Kids electric toothbrush is no exception. Available in four bright colors, its distinctive design adds cheer to any bathroom shelf. 

Foreo toothbrushes and toothbrush heads are made with silicone, making them easy to keep clean and hygienic. Plus, the shallow silicone bristles make these toothbrushes kind to little gums, giving a gentler clean. Foreo claims their toothbrushes remove 30% more plaque to give your child’s oral hygiene a 140% boost.

Children will enjoy the soft and silky feel of the ergonomically designed handset, while each color choice comes with its own animal character. Choose from rose nose hippo, true blue pony, merry berry shark, or mellow yellow gator. 

The handset also features a light-up smiling ‘Glee’ or sad ‘Glum’ face, depending on your child’s brushing habits. For example, Glee appears at the end of the recommended two minute brushing time, while Glum appears if they switch off the toothbrush before two minutes, and when the toothbrush hasn’t been in use for 12 hours. 

What the users say

The Foreo Issa Kids scores 3.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 39% of users giving it the full five stars. While many parents praise this electric toothbrush for its smart design, not all are sure it cleans their kids’ teeth very well. Some worry the sonic cleaning is underserved by the silicone brush head, while others are concerned that it doesn’t do as good a job as rotating-oscillating brushes, such as the Oral B kids electric toothbrush. 

A 30-second quadrant pacer prompts your child to switch position, while a one-hour charge gives up to 265 brushing sessions. A USB cable is also provided, offering ease and flexibility when charging, especially while travelling. 

There’s no doubt you get what you pay for with the Foreo Issa Kids, but it is still one of the most expensive kids’ toothbrushes on the market. Replacement toothbrush heads are almost impossible to track down in grocery stores or pharmacies, so you’ll probably need to find and buy them online. 


Best for reluctant brushers

Review photo of the AutoBrush Sonic Pro for Kids

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The best electric toothbrush for reluctant brushers

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Rechargeable
Timer?: 30 - 60s
Modes: 3
Light therapy: yes

Reasons to buy

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Takes only 30s to brush 
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Three cleaning modes 
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Three light therapy modes 

Reasons to avoid

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May not reach some of the back teeth
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Quite noisy 
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Tricky shape

The Autobrush Sonic Pro for Kids is anything but ordinary — instead of a single brush head, it is equipped with innovative U-shaped bristles designed to encompass all the teeth simultaneously, and it only takes 30s to complete a brushing cycle —making this quirky-looking toothbrush a perfect choice for reluctant brushers. It is not only time-efficient, but eye-pleasing, too. The Sonic Pro will brighten up your child's dental routine with colorful designs and catchy music tunes. 

What the users say

The Autobrush Sonic Pro for Kids scores a respectable 4 out of five stars on Amazon, with 64% of users giving it a full five stars. Positive reviews praise this unique electric toothbrush for its colorful design and time-efficient clean, with many parents claiming that it is a game changer for their children. Negative reviews cite concerns about the quality of the clean and the lights' intensity.

The AutoBrush Sonic Pro for Kids features three cleaning modes: Care mode for those with sensitive gums and teeth, Deep Clean, and Massage mode for gentle gum stimulation. Its BASS technology uses up to 30,000 high-frequency vibrations per minute to remove plaque and leave the teeth squeaky clean, while its three LED light modes help to remove bacteria and boost gum health.

On the other hand, the AutoBrush Sonic Pro for kids may struggle to reach some of the teeth, especially those at the back, and can be relatively noisy.


Best for interactive play

BriteBrush Games electric toothbrush

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The best for interactive play and smart sensor technology

Specifications

Battery/Rechargeable: Battery (2 AAA batteries, included)
Timer?: Yes
Modes: 1
Warranty: 1-year warranty
Cost of replacement heads: $9.99 for 3

Reasons to buy

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Smart technology
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Fun interactive games and music  
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Affordably priced 

Reasons to avoid

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Brush heads fray quickly
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Volume can be loud  
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Some reports of weak sensors 

Suitable for children as young as three, the BriteBrush comes in a choice of three distinctive designs: Baby Shark, Sesame Elmo and Game Brush. Each design comes loaded with fun, interactive games and music, to encourage your child to brush more effectively. 

The brush does a good job of encouraging your little one to brush up and down. However, we did find that the smart sensors sometimes didn’t recognize that we were brushing up and down already. So the constant reminders, and the fact that the game stopped to remind us, was often a source of frustration. 

The ‘side recognition technology’ didn’t appear to work at all. The games continued on, regardless of whether we changed sides or not, so parents may wish to continue supervising their little ones to ensure they’re covering the whole mouth. 

What the users say

The BriteBrush scores a hefty 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 78% of users awarding it the full rating. Positive reviews often say it has transformed their child’s brushing technique and made oral hygiene fun. However, some parents complain that the soft bristle brushes fray too quickly and need to be replaced more often than other toothbrushes. 

Our verdict? Affordably priced, and with lots of features, there’s no doubt that most kids will find the BriteBrush fun to use at first. But it can be a frustrating experience for kids and parents alike.

How we test

How do we test the best electric toothbrushes for kids at Live Science?

We actually test our electric toothbrushes for kids on the people they're designed for. Supervised by a parent or guardian, our child testers will run the toothbrush on its various settings and measure how loud it is with a decibel counter app. We then compare these results to other appliances and noise levels. We run and use the toothbrush on its different settings and modes, noting any differences in intensity and durations between settings. We also test the charging process, including how long it takes to reach a full charge, and for the battery to deplete. 

Frequently asked questions

When can kids start using an electric toothbrush?

The majority of electric toothbrushes can be used by children aged three or above, so this is a great time to introduce them. You’ll still need to supervise your child and offer support and help with brushing until they’re around six or seven, depending on how independent they are.

While research into electric toothbrushes for kids is limited, there is some evidence to show it’s better for dental health than a traditional toothbrush. A 2021 study into the use of electric toothbrushes compared with manual ones revealed that they removed over 30% more plaque in children aged 3-6 years, and over 50% more plaque in children aged between 7 and 9. So they’re a quick and effective way to take care of your children’s teeth, and starting them young can develop healthy habits into adulthood.

Best electric toothbrushes for kids: girl brushing teeth

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What is the best electric toothbrush for kids?

If you’re shopping around for an electric toothbrush for your child, look for models that are age appropriate. There's a lot of choice around these days, with some toothbrushes designed for older children only. 

Consider how you want the brush to be powered. Battery-powered brushes tend to be cheaper, but the cost of replacement batteries can add up. Your child’s toothbrush runs the risk of slowing down as batteries run out, making brushing less efficient. Electric rechargeable models may end up being a cheaper investment in the long run. 

If you’re not sure, you can always start with a cheaper battery-operated model and see how your child gets on with it, before investing in a more expensive rechargeable device. 

Examine the size of the brush head and make sure it’s small enough to be used comfortably by your child. Large, deep brush heads may make cleaning tight spots between the molars and cheeks almost impossible for younger children. The width and shape of the handset is also important - a good ergonomic design will make the toothbrush more comfortable to hold for two minutes in tiny hands.

Two minute timers and bonus features that encourage your child to move the brush around their mouth, such as quadrant pacing, help to set good brushing habits early on. 

Colorful designs can help to make brushing more fun, but it may mean your child outgrows their favorite TV character before they outgrow their brush, and you may find yourself splashing out on a new toothbrush sooner than you’d like. 

Above all else, don’t forget adult supervision. Watching your child brush their teeth and helping them out when they need it makes the biggest difference to your child’s oral hygiene. A little praise and encouragement goes a long way too. 

Our Expert

Dr Alina Lee Lane DDS
Dr. Alina Lane, DDS

Dr. Lane went to Cornell University and majored in Chemistry with a concentration in Biology. She then attended the University of Maryland - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, a top 3 ranked dental school at the time. She was accepted into and completed the competitive Implant Clerkship, served as the President of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, and was initiated into Gamma Pi Delta, a Prosthodontic Honors Fraternity. She was awarded the Dean's Award for her volunteering work and helped teach Baltimore Youth during her time at UMD.

 

Joanne Lewsley

Joanne Lewsley is a UK-based freelance writer and editor, covering health and lifestyle news and features. She mainly creates evidence-based health and parenting content and has worked with a number of global sites, including BabyCentre UK, Medical News Today, Fit & Well, Top Ten Reviews, and Yahoo!

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